NJ Decides 2011

Candidates

Ken Calvert
(Rep)

Contact Information

Telephone:202-225-1986 (Main phone number)
Telephone:951-784-1811 (Main campaign number)
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Campaign finance

Candidate Background

Birthdate:1953-6-8
Birth place:Corona, CA
Residence:Corona, CA
Religion:Protestant
First Elected:1992

Candidacy

Party:Republican
Office:House
State:CA
District:District 42
Status:Incumbent
Next Election:2014

Undergraduate education: San Diego State University

Major: 
Degree:BA
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Ken Calvert was born in Corona, Calif., where he still resides. He earned an associate degree at Chaffey Community College in 1973 and a bachelor's at San Diego State University in 1975.

He managed his family's restaurant in Corona for five years. He then entered the real estate industry and ran Ken Calvert Real Properties until he was elected to Congress in 1992.

Calvert's dachshund, Cali, accompanies him to Capitol Hill and is known to swim in the fountain outside the Rayburn House Office Building.

He is divorced.

Profile

Ken Calvert got his first taste of politics when he was a teenager.

He joined the campaign of then-state legislator Victor Veysey shortly after high school. After Veysey's 1972 election to the House, Calvert became an intern in his Washington office, setting the stage for a future career.

Elected to Congress in 1992, his first year in the House was marred by personal crises. His father Ira, a former mayor of Corona, committed suicide. At about the same time, Calvert was divorcing his wife of 15 years when police stopped him with a convicted prostitute in his car.

Calvert voted against the 2010 health care reform bill and the 2008 financial industry bailout. He also opposed cap-and-trade legislation in 2010.

He is opposed to immigration programs that allow for amnesty of current illegal immigrants, saying in July 2010: "We should not blur the lines between legal and illegal immigrants. Millions of people around the world have gone through the process to come here legally and they followed the rules that required them to pay a fee, learn English, and learn about American history and government."

Calvert has long focused on issues he considers important to his district, including traffic congestion, air pollution and water supplies.

He has recently dealt with nuclear issues, responding to two incidents at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station, which is located in his district. After a 2011 ammonia leak at the plant, Calvert said the plant followed regulatory requirements but that the incident was an opportunity to learn and improve the public notification process at nuclear facilities across the country.

"The public should always be notified as soon as possible in the event of a leak or other emergency at a nuclear facility," he said.

Then in 2012, after a possible radiation leak at the plant due to equipment failure, he said he was satisfied with the plant's response but was troubled by new equipment failing.

"Obviously there's something wrong here. They need to get to the bottom of it," he said.

Calvert has pushed for the development of new energy sources, such as hydrogen, and wants to standardize gasoline formulations developed to meet California's strict clean air requirements.

He favors eliminating the marriage and estate taxes, and instead creating tax credits for Medicare and prescription drugs. He favors letting employees direct some of their Social Security money, a measure critics say amounts to privatization of the program.

He supports tighter border enforcement, including a mandatory employment verification system to track illegal immigrants.

He wants to enforce existing gun laws rather than create new ones, saying there ought to be zero tolerance for those who use guns in a crime.

Calvert opposes public funding of abortions, favors a ban on late-term abortions and supports the idea that teenagers must obtain parental consent before receiving abortions.

He criticized in May 2008 the California Supreme Court decision that legalized gay marriage. "We can practice tolerance while still holding true to cultural values that protect the institution of marriage as a union between only a man and a woman," he said.

Calvert is hardly known outside his district, but he received unwelcome national publicity over a land deal in 2006. He denied any conflict of interest in pushing federal funding for a planned freeway interchange 16 miles from a property he sold at a profit.

Committee Assignments: Appropriations; Budget

American Conservative Union Rating: 84

Americans for Democratic Action Rating: 0

Campaigns

Ken Calvert won his June 2014 primary, he will face Tim Sheridan in November.

(Last updated by The Associated Press on June 13, 2014.)

Last updated 12:16am December 27, 2014